The telecom network of Puerto Rico will be revived by Alphabet’s floating balloons in the sky. The Google parent company’s Project Loon was named as one of MIT Technology Review’s top 10 breakthrough technologies way back in 2015, but has just been given permission to launch by America’s Federal Communications Commission.
This permission will mean that previously unavailable voice calls and data will be available to the island’s locals, offering another step towards recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria which ruined most of the island’s telecoms infrastructure.
Image: Project Loon launch. By ilitephoto / CC-BY-NC 2.0
This story is taken from the 13 October 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.